SERVICING AND MAINTENANCE

It is a common mistake to think that cooling/heating systems can be left for years without being serviced. Like anything mechanical (cars being the best example), you will get the best out of your system and save yourself a fortune by regular maintenance and servicing. In the short term, your installation will run more efficiently, saving you on monthly bills and in the long term, it will continue to run without repairs or replacements needed.

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How much does it cost to hire an annual air conditioner maintenance service?

Maintaining your air conditioner (HVAC) unit will ensure that it’s ready to properly cool your home all throughout the summer. Keeping your unit in good condition is also important for your wallet: lack of maintenance shortens a unit’s lifespan significantly, meaning you’ll need to buy a new one sooner. Lack of maintenance also results in significant efficiency loss, which results in higher energy bills and the unit working harder to achieve the same result.

For this discussion, we will consider the costs of maintaining an air conditioning unit annually. A flat fee for a one-time maintenance visit costs on average 80 – 100€, depending upon type and quantity of units, and an annual maintenance contract will cost 180€ or more.

Timing

You should have your air conditioning maintenance done at least once a year, in the spring. Doing it in the spring will allow your technician to repair any damage the unit might have acquired during the winter, and make it ready just in time for the arrival of warmer temperatures. However, it’s best to do maintenance twice a year: in the spring and fall. Sticking to this bi-annual schedule will keep your unit running optimally.

Maintenance request

Maintenance contracts

Many HVAC maintenance companies offer annual servicing contracts for preventative maintenance. Such contracts cost anywhere from 100€-150€ per year, and cover annual visits in which standard maintenance tasks are performed. Some companies will allow you to make monthly payments for your maintenance contract, and will provide you with discounts around 15% if you hire them when you need your unit repaired.

Getting a contract will usually give you more warranty coverage than if you just paid for a single maintenance visit: if anything is wrong with your unit between maintenance visits, your HVAC technician will come and address the issue.

Evaporator and condenser coils

Air conditioning units work by using evaporator and condenser coils to remove heat from the air in your home. Warm household air blows through the evaporator coils, which transfer the heat into refrigerant vapor, which is then moved to the condenser in the outdoor part of the unit. The condenser coils turn the now-warm refrigerant vapor into liquid, allowing the heat to be dispersed outside and away from your home.

Both evaporator and condenser coils are integral to the function of your air conditioner, and must be properly maintained in order for the unit to work.

Maintenance process

  • Replacement of air filters: dirty filters can lower your unit’s efficiency and cause damage. You can perform monthly checks and cleanings yourself. If your AC is in constant use, you’ll need to clean or replace the filters once per month to keep the unit running properly. Filters typically cost 15€-60€. Some filters are reusable, and only need regular cleaning.
  • Clean evaporator and condenser coils: if the coils are caked with debris, they can’t remove the heat from your home’s air as well. Badly damaged coils may need to be replaced. Replacing evaporator coils can cost 250-430€. Replacement condenser coils can cost as much as 500-750€.
  • Remove surrounding debris: any fallen leaves or greenery that has grown too close to the unit should be cleared and trimmed.
  • Comb coil fins: combing coil fins restores their original form, removing blockage-causing bends and make it easier to release warm air.
  • Clean clogged drains: clogged drains can cause fluid in your unit to accumulate, leading to humidity and water damage in your home.
  • Lubricate moving parts: lubrication will reduce friction and the amount of electricity needed for your unit to normally function.
  • Tighten electrical connections: loose connections can be hazardous and cause your system to malfunction. They can also reduce your unit’s longevity.

Your HVAC technician should always check the following during maintenance service:

  • Thermostat settings: the thermostat should be set for the unit to come on when it’s too warm in your home, and be off when it reaches a comfortable temperature. If your thermostat isn’t accurately programmed, it can lead to discomfort and high energy consumption.
  • Refrigerant level: if your refrigerant level is low or there’s a leak, your unit can’t properly cool. If there’s a leak that needs repair, the cost can be 300-1000€.
  • Capacitors: if your capacitors aren’t working, your unit might not start properly.
  • Compressor: some HVAC problems may at first seem to be caused by a faulty compressor. Having your compressor checked can confirm whether or not it’s the cause of an issue.
  • Electrical connections: faulty connections can cause certain parts to not work, or your unit to not start at all.

Labour

HVAC technicians generally charge around 50-70€ per hour. A single maintenance visit takes 1-2 hours (50-140€). Flat fees for maintenance service visits range around 70-100€.

Additional considerations and costs

Maintenance upkeep

You can keep your HVAC unit running well in between maintenance visits by doing your own upkeep. Simple upkeep tasks include keeping the filters and coils clear of debris, keeping surrounding greenery trimmed, and checking the seals and ducts. Performing regular checks can alert you to problems before the annual maintenance visit.

Second opinions

If your AC unit is working fine, but a technician is suggesting expensive repairs, get a second opinion. We recommend getting the advice of more than one technician before committing to a costly repair.

Guarantees

Annual maintenance contracts usually provide more extensive guarantees and warranties than you’d get if you paid for a one-time maintenance service visit. Many companies have separate warranties for equipment and labour: parts are usually covered for 1 year, while the labor to replace parts/make repairs can often be covered for 5 to 10 years.

Licenses

Professional HVAC technicians should be licensed. Check whether your service provider has a legal HVAC technician license and EPA 608 certification. Excellence and NATE certifications aren’t required, but do verify a technician’s expertise.

SERVICING AND MAINTENANCE

It is a common mistake to think that cooling/heating systems can be left for years without being serviced. Like anything mechanical (cars being the best example), you will get the best out of your system and save yourself a fortune by regular maintenance and servicing. In the short term, your installation will run more efficiently, saving you on monthly bills and in the long term, it will continue to run without repairs or replacements needed.

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How much does it cost to hire an annual air conditioner maintenance service?

Maintaining your air conditioner (HVAC) unit will ensure that it’s ready to properly cool your home all throughout the summer. Keeping your unit in good condition is also important for your wallet: lack of maintenance shortens a unit’s lifespan by 10-15 years, meaning you’ll need to buy a new one sooner. Lack of maintenance also results in a 5% efficiency loss, which results in higher energy bills.

For this discussion, we will consider the costs of maintaining an air conditioning unit annually. A flat fee for a one-time maintenance visit costs 80 – 100€ and an annual maintenance contract will cost 180€

Timing

You should have your air conditioning maintenance done at least once a year, in the spring. Doing it in the spring will allow your technician to repair any damage the unit might have acquired during the winter, and make it ready just in time for the arrival of warmer temperatures. However, it’s best to do maintenance twice a year: in the spring and fall. Sticking to this bi-annual schedule will keep your unit running optimally.

Maintenance request

Maintenance contracts

Many HVAC maintenance companies offer annual servicing contracts for preventative maintenance. Such contracts cost anywhere from 100€-150€ per year, and cover annual visits in which standard maintenance tasks are performed. Some companies will allow you to make monthly payments for your maintenance contract, and will provide you with discounts around 15% if you hire them when you need your unit repaired.

Getting a contract will usually give you more warranty coverage than if you just paid for a single maintenance visit: if anything is wrong with your unit between maintenance visits, your HVAC technician will come and address the issue.

Evaporator and condenser coils

Air conditioning units work by using evaporator and condenser coils to remove heat from the air in your home. Warm household air blows through the evaporator coils, which transfer the heat into refrigerant vapor, which is then moved to the condenser in the outdoor part of the unit. The condenser coils turn the now-warm refrigerant vapor into liquid, allowing the heat to be dispersed outside and away from your home.

Both evaporator and condenser coils are integral to the function of your air conditioner, and must be properly maintained in order for the unit to work.

Maintenance process

  • Replacement of air filters: dirty filters can lower your unit’s efficiency and cause damage. You can perform monthly checks and cleanings yourself. If your AC is in constant use, you’ll need to replace the filters once per month to keep the unit running properly. Filters typically cost 15€-60€. Some filters are reusable, and only need regular cleaning.
  • Clean evaporator and condenser coils: if the coils are caked with debris, they can’t remove the heat from your home’s air as well. Badly damaged coils may need to be replaced. Replacing evaporator coils can cost 250-430€. Replacement condenser coils can cost as much as 500-750€.
  • Remove surrounding debris: any fallen leaves or greenery that has grown too close to the unit should be cleared and trimmed.
  • Comb coil fins: combing coil fins restores their original form, removing blockage-causing bends and make it easier to release warm air.
  • Clean clogged drains: clogged drains can cause fluid in your unit to accumulate, leading to humidity and water damage in your home.
  • Lubricate moving parts: lubrication will reduce friction and the amount of electricity needed for your unit to normally function.
  • Tighten electrical connections: loose connections can be hazardous and cause your system to malfunction. They can also reduce your unit’s longevity.

Your HVAC technician should always check the following during maintenance service:

  • Thermostat settings: the thermostat should be set for the unit to come on when it’s too warm in your home, and be off when it reaches a comfortable temperature. If your thermostat isn’t accurately programmed, it can lead to discomfort and high energy consumption.
  • Refrigerant level: if your refrigerant level is low or there’s a leak, your unit can’t properly cool. Replacing refrigerant costs less than 100€, but is often included in your maintenance fee. If there’s a leak that needs repair, the cost can be 300-1000€.
  • Seal between air conditioner and window frame: a gap here can cause warm air to get into your home and cool air to escape.
  • Capacitors: if your capacitors aren’t working, your unit might not start properly.
  • Compressor: some HVAC problems may at first seem to be caused by a faulty compressor. Having your compressor checked can confirm whether or not it’s the cause of an issue.
  • Electrical connections: faulty connections can cause certain parts to not work, or your unit to not start at all.

Labour

HVAC technicians generally charge 50-70€ per hour. A single maintenance visit takes 1-2 hours (50-140€). Flat fees for maintenance service visits range around 70-100€

Additional considerations and costs

Maintenance upkeep

You can keep your HVAC unit running well in between maintenance visits by doing your own upkeep. Simple upkeep tasks include keeping the filters and coils clear of debris, keeping surrounding greenery trimmed, and checking the seals and ducts. Performing regular checks can alert you to problems before the annual maintenance visit.

Second opinions

If your AC unit is working fine, but a technician is suggesting expensive repairs, get a second opinion. We recommend getting the advice of more than one technician before committing to a costly repair.

Guarantees

Annual maintenance contracts usually provide more extensive guarantees and warranties than you’d get if you paid for a one-time maintenance service visit. Many companies have separate warranties for equipment and labor: parts are usually covered for 1 year, while the labor to replace parts/make repairs can often be covered for 5 to 10 years.

SERVICIO Y MANTENIMIENTO

Es un error común pensar que los sistemas de enfriamiento / calefacción pueden dejarse durante años sin ser atendidos. Al igual que cualquier cosa mecánica (los coches son el mejor ejemplo), obtendrá lo mejor de su sistema y ahorrará una fortuna por mantenimiento y mantenimiento regulares. En el corto plazo, su instalación se ejecutará de manera más eficiente, lo que ahorra en facturas mensuales ya largo plazo, seguirá funcionando sin reparaciones o reemplazos necesarios.

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¿Cuánto cuesta contratar un servicio anual de mantenimiento de aire acondicionado?

El mantenimiento de su unidad de aire acondicionado (HVAC) se asegurará de que esté listo para enfriar adecuadamente su casa durante todo el verano. Mantener su unidad en buenas condiciones también es importante para su cartera: la falta de mantenimiento acorta la vida útil de una unidad en 10-15 años, lo que significa que tendrá que comprar uno nuevo antes. La falta de mantenimiento también resulta en una pérdida de eficiencia del 5%, lo que resulta en facturas de energía más altas.

Para esta discusión, consideraremos los costos de mantener una unidad de aire acondicionado anualmente. Una tarifa fija para una visita de mantenimiento de una sola vez cuesta 80 – 100 € y un contrato de mantenimiento anual costará 180 €

Mantenimiento

Usted debe tener su mantenimiento de aire acondicionado hecho al menos una vez al año, en la primavera. Hacerlo en la primavera le permitirá a su técnico para reparar cualquier daño que la unidad podría haber adquirido durante el invierno, y que esté listo justo a tiempo para la llegada de temperaturas más cálidas. Sin embargo, es mejor hacer el mantenimiento dos veces al año: en la primavera y el otoño. Apegarse a este calendario bianual mantendrá su unidad funcionando de manera óptima.

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Contratos de mantenimiento

Muchas compañías de mantenimiento de HVAC ofrecen contratos de mantenimiento anuales para el mantenimiento preventivo. Estos contratos cuestan desde 100 € -150 € al año, y cubren las visitas anuales en las que se realizan las tareas de mantenimiento estándar. Algunas compañías le permitirán realizar pagos mensuales para su contrato de mantenimiento y le ofrecerán descuentos alrededor del 15% si los contrata cuando necesita reparar su unidad.

Obtener un contrato por lo general le dará más cobertura de garantía que si acaba de pagar por una sola visita de mantenimiento: si algo está mal con su unidad entre las visitas de mantenimiento, su técnico de HVAC vendrá y resolver el problema.

Bobinas de evaporador y condensador

Las unidades de aire acondicionado funcionan utilizando serpentines de evaporador y condensador para eliminar el calor del aire de su hogar. El aire caliente del hogar sopla a través de las bobinas del evaporador, las cuales transfieren el calor al vapor refrigerante, que luego se traslada al condensador en la parte exterior de la unidad. Las bobinas del condensador convierten el vapor refrigerante ahora caliente en líquido, permitiendo que el calor se dispersa fuera y lejos de su hogar.

Las bobinas del evaporador y del condensador son integrales a la función de su acondicionador de aire, y deben ser mantenidas correctamente para que la unidad funcione.

Proceso de mantenimiento

    • Sustitución de filtros de aire: filtros sucios pueden reducir la eficiencia de su unidad y causar daños. Usted mismo puede realizar revisiones y limpiezas mensuales. Si su AC está en uso constante, tendrá que reemplazar los filtros una vez al mes para mantener la unidad funcionando correctamente. Los filtros normalmente cuestan 15 € -60 € . Algunos filtros son reutilizables y sólo necesitan una limpieza regular.
    • Limpia las bobinas del evaporador y del condensador: si las bobinas están cubiertas con residuos, no pueden quitar el calor del aire de su casa. Las bobinas mal dañadas necesitan ser reemplazadas. El reemplazo de las bobinas del evaporador puede costar entre 250 y 430 €. Las bobinas de condensador de repuesto pueden costar entre 500 y 750 eurois.
    • Retire los residuos circundantes: cualquier hoja caída o vegetación que haya crecido demasiado cerca de la unidad debe ser despejada y recortada.
    • Aletas de bobina de peine: las aletas de bobina de peinado restauran su forma original, eliminando las curvaturas que causan bloqueos y facilitan la liberación de aire caliente.
    • Limpie los desagües obstruidos: los drenajes obstruidos pueden causar que el líquido de su unidad se acumule, provocando daños en la humedad y el agua en su hogar.
    • Lubricar partes móviles: la lubricación reducirá la fricción y la cantidad de electricidad necesaria para que su unidad funcione normalmente.
    • Apriete las conexiones eléctricas: las conexiones sueltas pueden ser peligrosas y causar que su sistema funcione mal. También pueden reducir la longevidad de su unidad.

Su técnico de HVAC siempre debe comprobar lo siguiente durante el servicio de mantenimiento:

  • Ajustes del termostato : & nbsp; el termostato debe ajustarse para que la unidad se encienda cuando esté demasiado caliente en su hogar y se apague cuando alcance una temperatura cómoda. Si su termostato no se programa con exactitud, puede conducir a la incomodidad y al alto consumo de energía.
  • Nivel de refrigerante : & nbsp; si su nivel de refrigerante es bajo o hay una fuga, su unidad no puede enfriarse adecuadamente. Sustitución de los costes de refrigerante de menos de 100 €, pero a menudo se incluye en su tarifa de mantenimiento. Si hay una fuga que necesita reparación, el costo puede ser de 300-1000 euros.
  • Sellado entre el acondicionador de aire y el marco de ventana: una brecha aquí puede causar que el aire caliente entre en su hogar y que el aire fresco escape.
  • Condensadores: & nbsp; si los condensadores no funcionan, es posible que la unidad no arranque correctamente.
  • Conexiones eléctricas: las conexiones defectuosas pueden hacer que ciertas piezas no funcionen o que su unidad no arranque en absoluto.

Trabajo

Técnicos de HVAC generalmente cobran 50-70 € por hora. Una sola visita de mantenimiento dura 1-2 horas, 50-140 €. Las tarifas planas para las visitas al servicio de mantenimiento varían entre 70-100€

Mejora y mejora de costes

Preparación para el invierno

En el otoño usted debe preparar su unidad HVAC para el invierno. Apague el circuito del acondicionador de aire y, a continuación, tire de él para retirar los desechos. Se debe secar completamente. Haga esto cuando esté lo suficientemente caliente como para que no haya riesgo de congelación del agua. Cubra las tuberías expuestas con aislamiento de espuma 2-4 € y proteja su unidad entera con una cubierta impermeable 20-50 €.

Additional considerations and costs

Mantenimiento baasico

Usted puede mantener su unidad HVAC funcionando bien entre visitas de mantenimiento haciendo su propio mantenimiento. Las tareas simples de mantenimiento incluyen mantener los filtros y bobinas libres de desechos, manteniendo la vegetación circundante recortada y revisando los sellos y conductos. Realizar controles regulares puede alertarle sobre problemas antes de la visita de mantenimiento anual.

Segunda opinion

Si su unidad de CA está funcionando bien, pero un técnico está sugiriendo costosas reparaciones, obtener una segunda opinión. Recomendamos obtener el asesoramiento de más de un técnico antes de comprometerse a una reparación costosa.

Garantias

Los contratos de mantenimiento anuales generalmente ofrecen garantías y garantías más extensas de las que obtendría si pagó por una sola visita de servicio de mantenimiento. Muchas compañías tienen garantías separadas para el equipo y la mano de obra: las piezas suelen estar cubiertas por 1 año, mientras que la mano de obra para reemplazar las piezas / reparaciones a menudo se puede cubrir de 5 a 10 años.

Licencias

Los técnicos profesionales de HVAC deben tener licencia. Compruebe si su proveedor de servicios tiene una licencia legal de técnico de HVAC y la certificación EPA 608. Excelencia y NATE certificaciones no son necesarios, pero sí verificar la experiencia de un técnico.

SERVICING AND MAINTENANCE

It is a common mistake to think that cooling/heating systems can be left for years without being serviced. Like anything mechanical (cars being the best example), you will get the best out of your system and save yourself a fortune by regular maintenance and servicing. In the short term, your installation will run more efficiently, saving you on monthly bills and in the long term, it will continue to run without repairs or replacements needed.

MORE

How much does it cost to hire an annual air conditioner maintenance service?

Maintaining your air conditioner (HVAC) unit will ensure that it’s ready to properly cool your home all throughout the summer. Keeping your unit in good condition is also important for your wallet: lack of maintenance shortens a unit’s lifespan by 10-15 years, meaning you’ll need to buy a new one sooner. Lack of maintenance also results in a 5% efficiency loss, which results in higher energy bills.

For this discussion, we will consider the costs of maintaining an air conditioning unit annually. A flat fee for a one-time maintenance visit costs 80 – 100€ and an annual maintenance contract will cost 180€

Timing

You should have your air conditioning maintenance done at least once a year, in the spring. Doing it in the spring will allow your technician to repair any damage the unit might have acquired during the winter, and make it ready just in time for the arrival of warmer temperatures. However, it’s best to do maintenance twice a year: in the spring and fall. Sticking to this bi-annual schedule will keep your unit running optimally.

Maintenance contracts

Many HVAC maintenance companies offer annual servicing contracts for preventative maintenance. Such contracts cost anywhere from 100€-150€ per year, and cover annual visits in which standard maintenance tasks are performed. Some companies will allow you to make monthly payments for your maintenance contract, and will provide you with discounts around 15% if you hire them when you need your unit repaired.

Getting a contract will usually give you more warranty coverage than if you just paid for a single maintenance visit: if anything is wrong with your unit between maintenance visits, your HVAC technician will come and address the issue.

Evaporator and condenser coils

Air conditioning units work by using evaporator and condenser coils to remove heat from the air in your home. Warm household air blows through the evaporator coils, which transfer the heat into refrigerant vapor, which is then moved to the condenser in the outdoor part of the unit. The condenser coils turn the now-warm refrigerant vapor into liquid, allowing the heat to be dispersed outside and away from your home.

Both evaporator and condenser coils are integral to the function of your air conditioner, and must be properly maintained in order for the unit to work.

Maintenance process

  • Replacement of air filters: dirty filters can lower your unit’s efficiency and cause damage. You can perform monthly checks and cleanings yourself. If your AC is in constant use, you’ll need to replace the filters once per month to keep the unit running properly. Filters typically cost 15€-60€. Some filters are reusable, and only need regular cleaning.
  • Clean evaporator and condenser coils: if the coils are caked with debris, they can’t remove the heat from your home’s air as well. Badly damaged coils may need to be replaced. Replacing evaporator coils can cost 250-430€. Replacement condenser coils can cost as much as 500-750€.
  • Remove surrounding debris: any fallen leaves or greenery that has grown too close to the unit should be cleared and trimmed.
  • Comb coil fins: combing coil fins restores their original form, removing blockage-causing bends and make it easier to release warm air.
  • Clean clogged drains: clogged drains can cause fluid in your unit to accumulate, leading to humidity and water damage in your home.
  • Lubricate moving parts: lubrication will reduce friction and the amount of electricity needed for your unit to normally function.
  • Tighten electrical connections: loose connections can be hazardous and cause your system to malfunction. They can also reduce your unit’s longevity.

Your HVAC technician should always check the following during maintenance service:

  • Thermostat settings: the thermostat should be set for the unit to come on when it’s too warm in your home, and be off when it reaches a comfortable temperature. If your thermostat isn’t accurately programmed, it can lead to discomfort and high energy consumption.
  • Refrigerant level: if your refrigerant level is low or there’s a leak, your unit can’t properly cool. Replacing refrigerant costs less than 100€, but is often included in your maintenance fee. If there’s a leak that needs repair, the cost can be 300-$1000.
  • Seal between air conditioner and window frame: a gap here can cause warm air to get into your home and cool air to escape.
  • Capacitors: if your capacitors aren’t working, your unit might not start properly.
  • Compressor: some HVAC problems may at first seem to be caused by a faulty compressor. Having your compressor checked can confirm whether or not it’s the cause of an issue.
  • Electrical connections: faulty connections can cause certain parts to not work, or your unit to not start at all.

Labor

HVAC technicians generally charge 50-70€ per hour. A single maintenance visit takes 1-2 hours (50-140€). Flat fees for maintenance service visits range around 70-100€

Enhancement and improvement costs

Winter preparation

In the fall you should prepare your HVAC unit for winter. Turn off your air conditioner’s circuit, then hose it off to remove debris. It must dry completely. Do this when it’s warm enough that there’s no risk of the water freezing. Cover the exposed pipes with foam pipe insulation (2-4€), and protect your entire unit with a weatherproof cover (20-50€).

Additional considerations and costs

Maintenance upkeep

You can keep your HVAC unit running well in between maintenance visits by doing your own upkeep. Simple upkeep tasks include keeping the filters and coils clear of debris, keeping surrounding greenery trimmed, and checking the seals and ducts. Performing regular checks can alert you to problems before the annual maintenance visit.

Second opinions

If your AC unit is working fine, but a technician is suggesting expensive repairs, get a second opinion. We recommend getting the advice of more than one technician before committing to a costly repair.

Guarantees

Annual maintenance contracts usually provide more extensive guarantees and warranties than you’d get if you paid for a one-time maintenance service visit. Many companies have separate warranties for equipment and labor: parts are usually covered for 1 year, while the labor to replace parts/make repairs can often be covered for 5 to 10 years.

Licenses

Professional HVAC technicians should be licensed. Check whether your service provider has a legal HVAC technician license and EPA 608 certification. Excellence and NATE certifications aren’t required, but do verify a technician’s expertise.

Additional considerations and costs

Maintenance upkeep

You can keep your HVAC unit running well in between maintenance visits by doing your own upkeep. Simple upkeep tasks include keeping the filters and coils clear of debris, keeping surrounding greenery trimmed, and checking the seals and ducts. Performing regular checks can alert you to problems before the annual maintenance visit.

Second opinions

If your AC unit is working fine, but a technician is suggesting expensive repairs, get a second opinion. We recommend getting the advice of more than one technician before committing to a costly repair.

Guarantees

Annual maintenance contracts usually provide more extensive guarantees and warranties than you’d get if you paid for a one-time maintenance service visit. Many companies have separate warranties for equipment and labor: parts are usually covered for 1 year, while the labor to replace parts/make repairs can often be covered for 5 to 10 years.

Licenses

Professional HVAC technicians should be licensed. Check whether your service provider has a legal HVAC technician license and EPA 608 certification. Excellence and NATE certifications aren’t required, but do verify a technician’s expertise.

Servicing and maintenance

It is a common mistake to think that cooling/heating systems can be left for years without being serviced. Like anything mechanical (cars being the best example), you will get the best out of your system and save yourself a fortune by regular maintenance and servicing. In the short term, your installation will run more efficiently, saving you on monthly bills and in the long term, it will continue to run without repairs or replacements needed.

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Servicing and maintenance

It is a common mistake to think that cooling/heating systems can be left for years without being serviced. Like anything mechanical (cars being the best example), you will get the best out of your system and save yourself a fortune by regular maintenance and servicing. In the short term, your installation will run more efficiently, saving you on monthly bills and in the long term, it will continue to run without repairs or replacements needed.

How much does it cost to hire an annual air conditioner maintenance service?

Maintaining your air conditioner (HVAC) unit will ensure that it’s ready to properly cool your home all throughout the summer. Keeping your unit in good condition is also important for your wallet: lack of maintenance shortens a unit’s lifespan by 10-15 years, meaning you’ll need to buy a new one sooner. Lack of maintenance also results in a 5% efficiency loss, which results in higher energy bills.

For this discussion, we will consider the costs of maintaining an air conditioning unit annually. A flat fee for a one-time maintenance visit costs 80 – 100€ and an annual maintenance contract will cost 180€

Timing

You should have your air conditioning maintenance done at least once a year, in the spring. Doing it in the spring will allow your technician to repair any damage the unit might have acquired during the winter, and make it ready just in time for the arrival of warmer temperatures. However, it’s best to do maintenance twice a year: in the spring and fall. Sticking to this bi-annual schedule will keep your unit running optimally.

Maintenance contracts

Many HVAC maintenance companies offer annual servicing contracts for preventative maintenance. Such contracts cost anywhere from 100€-150€ per year, and cover annual visits in which standard maintenance tasks are performed. Some companies will allow you to make monthly payments for your maintenance contract, and will provide you with discounts around 15% if you hire them when you need your unit repaired.

Getting a contract will usually give you more warranty coverage than if you just paid for a single maintenance visit: if anything is wrong with your unit between maintenance visits, your HVAC technician will come and address the issue.

Evaporator and condenser coils

Air conditioning units work by using evaporator and condenser coils to remove heat from the air in your home. Warm household air blows through the evaporator coils, which transfer the heat into refrigerant vapor, which is then moved to the condenser in the outdoor part of the unit. The condenser coils turn the now-warm refrigerant vapor into liquid, allowing the heat to be dispersed outside and away from your home.

Both evaporator and condenser coils are integral to the function of your air conditioner, and must be properly maintained in order for the unit to work.

Maintenance process

  • Replacement of air filters: dirty filters can lower your unit’s efficiency and cause damage. You can perform monthly checks and cleanings yourself. If your AC is in constant use, you’ll need to replace the filters once per month to keep the unit running properly. Filters typically cost 15€-60€. Some filters are reusable, and only need regular cleaning.
  • Clean evaporator and condenser coils: if the coils are caked with debris, they can’t remove the heat from your home’s air as well. Badly damaged coils may need to be replaced. Replacing evaporator coils can cost 250-430€. Replacement condenser coils can cost as much as 500-750€.
  • Remove surrounding debris: any fallen leaves or greenery that has grown too close to the unit should be cleared and trimmed.
  • Comb coil fins: combing coil fins restores their original form, removing blockage-causing bends and make it easier to release warm air.
  • Clean clogged drains: clogged drains can cause fluid in your unit to accumulate, leading to humidity and water damage in your home.
  • Lubricate moving parts: lubrication will reduce friction and the amount of electricity needed for your unit to normally function.
  • Tighten electrical connections: loose connections can be hazardous and cause your system to malfunction. They can also reduce your unit’s longevity.

Your HVAC technician should always check the following during maintenance service:

  • Thermostat settings: the thermostat should be set for the unit to come on when it’s too warm in your home, and be off when it reaches a comfortable temperature. If your thermostat isn’t accurately programmed, it can lead to discomfort and high energy consumption.
  • Refrigerant level: if your refrigerant level is low or there’s a leak, your unit can’t properly cool. Replacing refrigerant costs less than 100€, but is often included in your maintenance fee. If there’s a leak that needs repair, the cost can be 300-$1000.
  • Seal between air conditioner and window frame: a gap here can cause warm air to get into your home and cool air to escape.
  • Capacitors: if your capacitors aren’t working, your unit might not start properly.
  • Compressor: some HVAC problems may at first seem to be caused by a faulty compressor. Having your compressor checked can confirm whether or not it’s the cause of an issue.
  • Electrical connections: faulty connections can cause certain parts to not work, or your unit to not start at all.

Labor

HVAC technicians generally charge 50-70€ per hour. A single maintenance visit takes 1-2 hours (50-140€). Flat fees for maintenance service visits range around 70-100€

Enhancement and improvement costs

Winter preparation

In the fall you should prepare your HVAC unit for winter. Turn off your air conditioner’s circuit, then hose it off to remove debris. It must dry completely. Do this when it’s warm enough that there’s no risk of the water freezing. Cover the exposed pipes with foam pipe insulation (2-4€), and protect your entire unit with a weatherproof cover (20-50€).

Additional considerations and costs

Maintenance upkeep

You can keep your HVAC unit running well in between maintenance visits by doing your own upkeep. Simple upkeep tasks include keeping the filters and coils clear of debris, keeping surrounding greenery trimmed, and checking the seals and ducts. Performing regular checks can alert you to problems before the annual maintenance visit.

Second opinions

If your AC unit is working fine, but a technician is suggesting expensive repairs, get a second opinion. We recommend getting the advice of more than one technician before committing to a costly repair.

Guarantees

Annual maintenance contracts usually provide more extensive guarantees and warranties than you’d get if you paid for a one-time maintenance service visit. Many companies have separate warranties for equipment and labor: parts are usually covered for 1 year, while the labor to replace parts/make repairs can often be covered for 5 to 10 years.

Licenses

Professional HVAC technicians should be licensed. Check whether your service provider has a legal HVAC technician license and EPA 608 certification. Excellence and NATE certifications aren’t required, but do verify a technician’s expertise.

Additional considerations and costs

Maintenance upkeep

You can keep your HVAC unit running well in between maintenance visits by doing your own upkeep. Simple upkeep tasks include keeping the filters and coils clear of debris, keeping surrounding greenery trimmed, and checking the seals and ducts. Performing regular checks can alert you to problems before the annual maintenance visit.

Second opinions

If your AC unit is working fine, but a technician is suggesting expensive repairs, get a second opinion. We recommend getting the advice of more than one technician before committing to a costly repair.

Guarantees

Annual maintenance contracts usually provide more extensive guarantees and warranties than you’d get if you paid for a one-time maintenance service visit. Many companies have separate warranties for equipment and labor: parts are usually covered for 1 year, while the labor to replace parts/make repairs can often be covered for 5 to 10 years.

Licenses

Professional HVAC technicians should be licensed. Check whether your service provider has a legal HVAC technician license and EPA 608 certification. Excellence and NATE certifications aren’t required, but do verify a technician’s expertise.

Servicing and maintenance

It is a common mistake to think that cooling/heating systems can be left for years without being serviced. Like anything mechanical (cars being the best example), you will get the best out of your system and save yourself a fortune by regular maintenance and servicing. In the short term, your installation will run more efficiently, saving you on monthly bills and in the long term, it will continue to run without repairs or replacements needed.

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Servicing and maintenance

It is a common mistake to think that cooling/heating systems can be left for years without being serviced. Like anything mechanical (cars being the best example), you will get the best out of your system and save yourself a fortune by regular maintenance and servicing. In the short term, your installation will run more efficiently, saving you on monthly bills and in the long term, it will continue to run without repairs or replacements needed.

How much does it cost to hire an annual air conditioner maintenance service?

Maintaining your air conditioner (HVAC) unit will ensure that it’s ready to properly cool your home all throughout the summer. Keeping your unit in good condition is also important for your wallet: lack of maintenance shortens a unit’s lifespan by 10-15 years, meaning you’ll need to buy a new one sooner. Lack of maintenance also results in a 5% efficiency loss, which results in higher energy bills.

For this discussion, we will consider the costs of maintaining an air conditioning unit annually. A flat fee for a one-time maintenance visit costs 80 – 100€ and an annual maintenance contract will cost 180€

Timing

You should have your air conditioning maintenance done at least once a year, in the spring. Doing it in the spring will allow your technician to repair any damage the unit might have acquired during the winter, and make it ready just in time for the arrival of warmer temperatures. However, it’s best to do maintenance twice a year: in the spring and fall. Sticking to this bi-annual schedule will keep your unit running optimally.

Maintenance contracts

Many HVAC maintenance companies offer annual servicing contracts for preventative maintenance. Such contracts cost anywhere from 100€-150€ per year, and cover annual visits in which standard maintenance tasks are performed. Some companies will allow you to make monthly payments for your maintenance contract, and will provide you with discounts around 15% if you hire them when you need your unit repaired.

Getting a contract will usually give you more warranty coverage than if you just paid for a single maintenance visit: if anything is wrong with your unit between maintenance visits, your HVAC technician will come and address the issue.

Evaporator and condenser coils

Air conditioning units work by using evaporator and condenser coils to remove heat from the air in your home. Warm household air blows through the evaporator coils, which transfer the heat into refrigerant vapor, which is then moved to the condenser in the outdoor part of the unit. The condenser coils turn the now-warm refrigerant vapor into liquid, allowing the heat to be dispersed outside and away from your home.

Both evaporator and condenser coils are integral to the function of your air conditioner, and must be properly maintained in order for the unit to work.

Maintenance process

  • Replacement of air filters: dirty filters can lower your unit’s efficiency and cause damage. You can perform monthly checks and cleanings yourself. If your AC is in constant use, you’ll need to replace the filters once per month to keep the unit running properly. Filters typically cost 15€-60€. Some filters are reusable, and only need regular cleaning.
  • Clean evaporator and condenser coils: if the coils are caked with debris, they can’t remove the heat from your home’s air as well. Badly damaged coils may need to be replaced. Replacing evaporator coils can cost 250-430€. Replacement condenser coils can cost as much as 500-750€.
  • Remove surrounding debris: any fallen leaves or greenery that has grown too close to the unit should be cleared and trimmed.
  • Comb coil fins: combing coil fins restores their original form, removing blockage-causing bends and make it easier to release warm air.
  • Clean clogged drains: clogged drains can cause fluid in your unit to accumulate, leading to humidity and water damage in your home.
  • Lubricate moving parts: lubrication will reduce friction and the amount of electricity needed for your unit to normally function.
  • Tighten electrical connections: loose connections can be hazardous and cause your system to malfunction. They can also reduce your unit’s longevity.

Your HVAC technician should always check the following during maintenance service:

  • Thermostat settings: the thermostat should be set for the unit to come on when it’s too warm in your home, and be off when it reaches a comfortable temperature. If your thermostat isn’t accurately programmed, it can lead to discomfort and high energy consumption.
  • Refrigerant level: if your refrigerant level is low or there’s a leak, your unit can’t properly cool. Replacing refrigerant costs less than 100€, but is often included in your maintenance fee. If there’s a leak that needs repair, the cost can be 300-$1000.
  • Seal between air conditioner and window frame: a gap here can cause warm air to get into your home and cool air to escape.
  • Capacitors: if your capacitors aren’t working, your unit might not start properly.
  • Compressor: some HVAC problems may at first seem to be caused by a faulty compressor. Having your compressor checked can confirm whether or not it’s the cause of an issue.
  • Electrical connections: faulty connections can cause certain parts to not work, or your unit to not start at all.

Labor

HVAC technicians generally charge 50-70€ per hour. A single maintenance visit takes 1-2 hours (50-140€). Flat fees for maintenance service visits range around 70-100€

Enhancement and improvement costs

Winter preparation

In the fall you should prepare your HVAC unit for winter. Turn off your air conditioner’s circuit, then hose it off to remove debris. It must dry completely. Do this when it’s warm enough that there’s no risk of the water freezing. Cover the exposed pipes with foam pipe insulation (2-4€), and protect your entire unit with a weatherproof cover (20-50€).

Additional considerations and costs

Maintenance upkeep

You can keep your HVAC unit running well in between maintenance visits by doing your own upkeep. Simple upkeep tasks include keeping the filters and coils clear of debris, keeping surrounding greenery trimmed, and checking the seals and ducts. Performing regular checks can alert you to problems before the annual maintenance visit.

Second opinions

If your AC unit is working fine, but a technician is suggesting expensive repairs, get a second opinion. We recommend getting the advice of more than one technician before committing to a costly repair.

Guarantees

Annual maintenance contracts usually provide more extensive guarantees and warranties than you’d get if you paid for a one-time maintenance service visit. Many companies have separate warranties for equipment and labor: parts are usually covered for 1 year, while the labor to replace parts/make repairs can often be covered for 5 to 10 years.

Licenses

Professional HVAC technicians should be licensed. Check whether your service provider has a legal HVAC technician license and EPA 608 certification. Excellence and NATE certifications aren’t required, but do verify a technician’s expertise.

Additional considerations and costs

Maintenance upkeep

You can keep your HVAC unit running well in between maintenance visits by doing your own upkeep. Simple upkeep tasks include keeping the filters and coils clear of debris, keeping surrounding greenery trimmed, and checking the seals and ducts. Performing regular checks can alert you to problems before the annual maintenance visit.

Second opinions

If your AC unit is working fine, but a technician is suggesting expensive repairs, get a second opinion. We recommend getting the advice of more than one technician before committing to a costly repair.

Guarantees

Annual maintenance contracts usually provide more extensive guarantees and warranties than you’d get if you paid for a one-time maintenance service visit. Many companies have separate warranties for equipment and labor: parts are usually covered for 1 year, while the labor to replace parts/make repairs can often be covered for 5 to 10 years.

Licenses

Professional HVAC technicians should be licensed. Check whether your service provider has a legal HVAC technician license and EPA 608 certification. Excellence and NATE certifications aren’t required, but do verify a technician’s expertise.

SERVICING AND MAINTENANCE

It is a common mistake to think that cooling/heating systems can be left for years without being serviced. Like anything mechanical (cars being the best example), you will get the best out of your system and save yourself a fortune by regular maintenance and servicing. In the short term, your installation will run more efficiently, saving you on monthly bills and in the long term, it will continue to run without repairs or replacements needed.

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How much does it cost to hire an annual air conditioner maintenance service?

Maintaining your air conditioner (HVAC) unit will ensure that it’s ready to properly cool your home all throughout the summer. Keeping your unit in good condition is also important for your wallet: lack of maintenance shortens a unit’s lifespan by 10-15 years, meaning you’ll need to buy a new one sooner. Lack of maintenance also results in a 5% efficiency loss, which results in higher energy bills.

For this discussion, we will consider the costs of maintaining an air conditioning unit annually. A flat fee for a one-time maintenance visit costs 80 – 100€ and an annual maintenance contract will cost 180€

Timing

You should have your air conditioning maintenance done at least once a year, in the spring. Doing it in the spring will allow your technician to repair any damage the unit might have acquired during the winter, and make it ready just in time for the arrival of warmer temperatures. However, it’s best to do maintenance twice a year: in the spring and fall. Sticking to this bi-annual schedule will keep your unit running optimally.

Maintenance request

Maintenance contracts

Many HVAC maintenance companies offer annual servicing contracts for preventative maintenance. Such contracts cost anywhere from 100€-150€ per year, and cover annual visits in which standard maintenance tasks are performed. Some companies will allow you to make monthly payments for your maintenance contract, and will provide you with discounts around 15% if you hire them when you need your unit repaired.

Getting a contract will usually give you more warranty coverage than if you just paid for a single maintenance visit: if anything is wrong with your unit between maintenance visits, your HVAC technician will come and address the issue.

Evaporator and condenser coils

Air conditioning units work by using evaporator and condenser coils to remove heat from the air in your home. Warm household air blows through the evaporator coils, which transfer the heat into refrigerant vapor, which is then moved to the condenser in the outdoor part of the unit. The condenser coils turn the now-warm refrigerant vapor into liquid, allowing the heat to be dispersed outside and away from your home.

Both evaporator and condenser coils are integral to the function of your air conditioner, and must be properly maintained in order for the unit to work.

Maintenance process

  • Replacement of air filters: dirty filters can lower your unit’s efficiency and cause damage. You can perform monthly checks and cleanings yourself. If your AC is in constant use, you’ll need to replace the filters once per month to keep the unit running properly. Filters typically cost 15€-60€. Some filters are reusable, and only need regular cleaning.
  • Clean evaporator and condenser coils: if the coils are caked with debris, they can’t remove the heat from your home’s air as well. Badly damaged coils may need to be replaced. Replacing evaporator coils can cost 250-430€. Replacement condenser coils can cost as much as 500-750€.
  • Remove surrounding debris: any fallen leaves or greenery that has grown too close to the unit should be cleared and trimmed.
  • Comb coil fins: combing coil fins restores their original form, removing blockage-causing bends and make it easier to release warm air.
  • Clean clogged drains: clogged drains can cause fluid in your unit to accumulate, leading to humidity and water damage in your home.
  • Lubricate moving parts: lubrication will reduce friction and the amount of electricity needed for your unit to normally function.
  • Tighten electrical connections: loose connections can be hazardous and cause your system to malfunction. They can also reduce your unit’s longevity.

Your HVAC technician should always check the following during maintenance service:

  • Thermostat settings: the thermostat should be set for the unit to come on when it’s too warm in your home, and be off when it reaches a comfortable temperature. If your thermostat isn’t accurately programmed, it can lead to discomfort and high energy consumption.
  • Refrigerant level: if your refrigerant level is low or there’s a leak, your unit can’t properly cool. Replacing refrigerant costs less than 100€, but is often included in your maintenance fee. If there’s a leak that needs repair, the cost can be 300-$1000.
  • Seal between air conditioner and window frame: a gap here can cause warm air to get into your home and cool air to escape.
  • Capacitors: if your capacitors aren’t working, your unit might not start properly.
  • Compressor: some HVAC problems may at first seem to be caused by a faulty compressor. Having your compressor checked can confirm whether or not it’s the cause of an issue.
  • Electrical connections: faulty connections can cause certain parts to not work, or your unit to not start at all.

Labor

HVAC technicians generally charge 50-70€ per hour. A single maintenance visit takes 1-2 hours (50-140€). Flat fees for maintenance service visits range around 70-100€

Enhancement and improvement costs

Winter preparation

In the fall you should prepare your HVAC unit for winter. Turn off your air conditioner’s circuit, then hose it off to remove debris. It must dry completely. Do this when it’s warm enough that there’s no risk of the water freezing. Cover the exposed pipes with foam pipe insulation (2-4€), and protect your entire unit with a weatherproof cover (20-50€).

Additional considerations and costs

Maintenance upkeep

You can keep your HVAC unit running well in between maintenance visits by doing your own upkeep. Simple upkeep tasks include keeping the filters and coils clear of debris, keeping surrounding greenery trimmed, and checking the seals and ducts. Performing regular checks can alert you to problems before the annual maintenance visit.

Second opinions

If your AC unit is working fine, but a technician is suggesting expensive repairs, get a second opinion. We recommend getting the advice of more than one technician before committing to a costly repair.

Guarantees

Annual maintenance contracts usually provide more extensive guarantees and warranties than you’d get if you paid for a one-time maintenance service visit. Many companies have separate warranties for equipment and labor: parts are usually covered for 1 year, while the labor to replace parts/make repairs can often be covered for 5 to 10 years.

Licenses

Professional HVAC technicians should be licensed. Check whether your service provider has a legal HVAC technician license and EPA 608 certification. Excellence and NATE certifications aren’t required, but do verify a technician’s expertise.

SERVICIO Y MANTENIMIENTO

Es un error común pensar que los sistemas de enfriamiento / calefacción pueden dejarse durante años sin ser atendidos. Al igual que cualquier cosa mecánica (los coches son el mejor ejemplo), obtendrá lo mejor de su sistema y ahorrará una fortuna por mantenimiento y mantenimiento regulares. En el corto plazo, su instalación se ejecutará de manera más eficiente, lo que ahorra en facturas mensuales ya largo plazo, seguirá funcionando sin reparaciones o reemplazos necesarios.

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¿Cuánto cuesta contratar un servicio anual de mantenimiento de aire acondicionado?

El mantenimiento de su unidad de aire acondicionado (HVAC) se asegurará de que esté listo para enfriar adecuadamente su casa durante todo el verano. Mantener su unidad en buenas condiciones también es importante para su cartera: la falta de mantenimiento acorta la vida útil de una unidad en 10-15 años, lo que significa que tendrá que comprar uno nuevo antes. La falta de mantenimiento también resulta en una pérdida de eficiencia del 5%, lo que resulta en facturas de energía más altas.

Para esta discusión, consideraremos los costos de mantener una unidad de aire acondicionado anualmente. Una tarifa fija para una visita de mantenimiento de una sola vez cuesta 80 – 100 € y un contrato de mantenimiento anual costará 180 €

Mantenimiento

Usted debe tener su mantenimiento de aire acondicionado hecho al menos una vez al año, en la primavera. Hacerlo en la primavera le permitirá a su técnico para reparar cualquier daño que la unidad podría haber adquirido durante el invierno, y que esté listo justo a tiempo para la llegada de temperaturas más cálidas. Sin embargo, es mejor hacer el mantenimiento dos veces al año: en la primavera y el otoño. Apegarse a este calendario bianual mantendrá su unidad funcionando de manera óptima.

Maintenance request

Contratos de mantenimiento

Muchas compañías de mantenimiento de HVAC ofrecen contratos de mantenimiento anuales para el mantenimiento preventivo. Estos contratos cuestan desde 100 € -150 € al año, y cubren las visitas anuales en las que se realizan las tareas de mantenimiento estándar. Algunas compañías le permitirán realizar pagos mensuales para su contrato de mantenimiento y le ofrecerán descuentos alrededor del 15% si los contrata cuando necesita reparar su unidad.

Obtener un contrato por lo general le dará más cobertura de garantía que si acaba de pagar por una sola visita de mantenimiento: si algo está mal con su unidad entre las visitas de mantenimiento, su técnico de HVAC vendrá y resolver el problema.

Bobinas de evaporador y condensador

Las unidades de aire acondicionado funcionan utilizando serpentines de evaporador y condensador para eliminar el calor del aire de su hogar. El aire caliente del hogar sopla a través de las bobinas del evaporador, las cuales transfieren el calor al vapor refrigerante, que luego se traslada al condensador en la parte exterior de la unidad. Las bobinas del condensador convierten el vapor refrigerante ahora caliente en líquido, permitiendo que el calor se dispersa fuera y lejos de su hogar.

Las bobinas del evaporador y del condensador son integrales a la función de su acondicionador de aire, y deben ser mantenidas correctamente para que la unidad funcione.

Proceso de mantenimiento

  • Sustitución de filtros de aire: filtros sucios pueden reducir la eficiencia de su unidad y causar daños. Usted mismo puede realizar revisiones y limpiezas mensuales. Si su AC está en uso constante, tendrá que reemplazar los filtros una vez al mes para mantener la unidad funcionando correctamente. Los filtros normalmente cuestan 15 € -60 € . Algunos filtros son reutilizables y sólo necesitan una limpieza regular.
  • Limpia las bobinas del evaporador y del condensador: si las bobinas están cubiertas con residuos, no pueden quitar el calor del aire de su casa. Las bobinas mal dañadas necesitan ser reemplazadas. El reemplazo de las bobinas del evaporador puede costar entre 250 y 430 €. Las bobinas de condensador de repuesto pueden costar entre 500 y 750 eurois.
  • Retire los residuos circundantes: cualquier hoja caída o vegetación que haya crecido demasiado cerca de la unidad debe ser despejada y recortada.
  • Aletas de bobina de peine: las aletas de bobina de peinado restauran su forma original, eliminando las curvaturas que causan bloqueos y facilitan la liberación de aire caliente.
  • Limpie los desagües obstruidos: los drenajes obstruidos pueden causar que el líquido de su unidad se acumule, provocando daños en la humedad y el agua en su hogar.
  • Lubricar partes móviles: la lubricación reducirá la fricción y la cantidad de electricidad necesaria para que su unidad funcione normalmente.
  • Apriete las conexiones eléctricas: las conexiones sueltas pueden ser peligrosas y causar que su sistema funcione mal. También pueden reducir la longevidad de su unidad.
  • Su técnico de HVAC siempre debe comprobar lo siguiente durante el servicio de mantenimiento:

    • Ajustes del termostato : & nbsp; el termostato debe ajustarse para que la unidad se encienda cuando esté demasiado caliente en su hogar y se apague cuando alcance una temperatura cómoda. Si su termostato no se programa con exactitud, puede conducir a la incomodidad y al alto consumo de energía.
    • Nivel de refrigerante : & nbsp; si su nivel de refrigerante es bajo o hay una fuga, su unidad no puede enfriarse adecuadamente. Sustitución de los costes de refrigerante de menos de 100 €, pero a menudo se incluye en su tarifa de mantenimiento. Si hay una fuga que necesita reparación, el costo puede ser de 300-1000 euros.
    • Sellado entre el acondicionador de aire y el marco de ventana: una brecha aquí puede causar que el aire caliente entre en su hogar y que el aire fresco escape.
    • Condensadores: & nbsp; si los condensadores no funcionan, es posible que la unidad no arranque correctamente.
    • Compresor: algunos problemas de HVAC pueden parecer al principio como causados por un compresor defectuoso. Tener comprobado su compresor puede confirmar si es o no la causa de un problema.
    • Conexiones eléctricas: las conexiones defectuosas pueden hacer que ciertas piezas no funcionen o que su unidad no arranque en absoluto.
    • Trabajo

      Técnicos de HVAC generalmente cobran 50-70 € por hora. Una sola visita de mantenimiento dura 1-2 horas, 50-140 €. Las tarifas planas para las visitas al servicio de mantenimiento varían entre 70-100€

      Mejora y mejora de costes

      Preparación para el invierno

      En el otoño usted debe preparar su unidad HVAC para el invierno. Apague el circuito del acondicionador de aire y, a continuación, tire de él para retirar los desechos. Se debe secar completamente. Haga esto cuando esté lo suficientemente caliente como para que no haya riesgo de congelación del agua. Cubra las tuberías expuestas con aislamiento de espuma 2-4 € y proteja su unidad entera con una cubierta impermeable 20-50 €.

Additional considerations and costs

Mantenimiento baasico

Usted puede mantener su unidad HVAC funcionando bien entre visitas de mantenimiento haciendo su propio mantenimiento. Las tareas simples de mantenimiento incluyen mantener los filtros y bobinas libres de desechos, manteniendo la vegetación circundante recortada y revisando los sellos y conductos. Realizar controles regulares puede alertarle sobre problemas antes de la visita de mantenimiento anual.

Segunda opinion

Si su unidad de CA está funcionando bien, pero un técnico está sugiriendo costosas reparaciones, obtener una segunda opinión. Recomendamos obtener el asesoramiento de más de un técnico antes de comprometerse a una reparación costosa.

Garantias

Los contratos de mantenimiento anuales generalmente ofrecen garantías y garantías más extensas de las que obtendría si pagó por una sola visita de servicio de mantenimiento. Muchas compañías tienen garantías separadas para el equipo y la mano de obra: las piezas suelen estar cubiertas por 1 año, mientras que la mano de obra para reemplazar las piezas / reparaciones a menudo se puede cubrir de 5 a 10 años.

Licencias

Los técnicos profesionales de HVAC deben tener licencia. Compruebe si su proveedor de servicios tiene una licencia legal de técnico de HVAC y la certificación EPA 608. Excelencia y NATE certificaciones no son necesarios, pero sí verificar la experiencia de un técnico.

SERVICING AND MAINTENANCE

It is a common mistake to think that cooling/heating systems can be left for years without being serviced. Like anything mechanical (cars being the best example), you will get the best out of your system and save yourself a fortune by regular maintenance and servicing. In the short term, your installation will run more efficiently, saving you on monthly bills and in the long term, it will continue to run without repairs or replacements needed.

MORE

How much does it cost to hire an annual air conditioner maintenance service?

Maintaining your air conditioner (HVAC) unit will ensure that it’s ready to properly cool your home all throughout the summer. Keeping your unit in good condition is also important for your wallet: lack of maintenance shortens a unit’s lifespan by 10-15 years, meaning you’ll need to buy a new one sooner. Lack of maintenance also results in a 5% efficiency loss, which results in higher energy bills.

For this discussion, we will consider the costs of maintaining an air conditioning unit annually. A flat fee for a one-time maintenance visit costs 80 – 100€ and an annual maintenance contract will cost 180€

Timing

You should have your air conditioning maintenance done at least once a year, in the spring. Doing it in the spring will allow your technician to repair any damage the unit might have acquired during the winter, and make it ready just in time for the arrival of warmer temperatures. However, it’s best to do maintenance twice a year: in the spring and fall. Sticking to this bi-annual schedule will keep your unit running optimally.

Maintenance contracts

Many HVAC maintenance companies offer annual servicing contracts for preventative maintenance. Such contracts cost anywhere from 100€-150€ per year, and cover annual visits in which standard maintenance tasks are performed. Some companies will allow you to make monthly payments for your maintenance contract, and will provide you with discounts around 15% if you hire them when you need your unit repaired.

Getting a contract will usually give you more warranty coverage than if you just paid for a single maintenance visit: if anything is wrong with your unit between maintenance visits, your HVAC technician will come and address the issue.

Evaporator and condenser coils

Air conditioning units work by using evaporator and condenser coils to remove heat from the air in your home. Warm household air blows through the evaporator coils, which transfer the heat into refrigerant vapor, which is then moved to the condenser in the outdoor part of the unit. The condenser coils turn the now-warm refrigerant vapor into liquid, allowing the heat to be dispersed outside and away from your home.

Both evaporator and condenser coils are integral to the function of your air conditioner, and must be properly maintained in order for the unit to work.

Maintenance process

  • Replacement of air filters: dirty filters can lower your unit’s efficiency and cause damage. You can perform monthly checks and cleanings yourself. If your AC is in constant use, you’ll need to replace the filters once per month to keep the unit running properly. Filters typically cost 15€-60€. Some filters are reusable, and only need regular cleaning.
  • Clean evaporator and condenser coils: if the coils are caked with debris, they can’t remove the heat from your home’s air as well. Badly damaged coils may need to be replaced. Replacing evaporator coils can cost 250-430€. Replacement condenser coils can cost as much as 500-750€.
  • Remove surrounding debris: any fallen leaves or greenery that has grown too close to the unit should be cleared and trimmed.
  • Comb coil fins: combing coil fins restores their original form, removing blockage-causing bends and make it easier to release warm air.
  • Clean clogged drains: clogged drains can cause fluid in your unit to accumulate, leading to humidity and water damage in your home.
  • Lubricate moving parts: lubrication will reduce friction and the amount of electricity needed for your unit to normally function.
  • Tighten electrical connections: loose connections can be hazardous and cause your system to malfunction. They can also reduce your unit’s longevity.

Your HVAC technician should always check the following during maintenance service:

  • Thermostat settings: the thermostat should be set for the unit to come on when it’s too warm in your home, and be off when it reaches a comfortable temperature. If your thermostat isn’t accurately programmed, it can lead to discomfort and high energy consumption.
  • Refrigerant level: if your refrigerant level is low or there’s a leak, your unit can’t properly cool. Replacing refrigerant costs less than 100€, but is often included in your maintenance fee. If there’s a leak that needs repair, the cost can be 300-$1000.
  • Seal between air conditioner and window frame: a gap here can cause warm air to get into your home and cool air to escape.
  • Capacitors: if your capacitors aren’t working, your unit might not start properly.
  • Compressor: some HVAC problems may at first seem to be caused by a faulty compressor. Having your compressor checked can confirm whether or not it’s the cause of an issue.
  • Electrical connections: faulty connections can cause certain parts to not work, or your unit to not start at all.

Labor

HVAC technicians generally charge 50-70€ per hour. A single maintenance visit takes 1-2 hours (50-140€). Flat fees for maintenance service visits range around 70-100€

Enhancement and improvement costs

Winter preparation

In the fall you should prepare your HVAC unit for winter. Turn off your air conditioner’s circuit, then hose it off to remove debris. It must dry completely. Do this when it’s warm enough that there’s no risk of the water freezing. Cover the exposed pipes with foam pipe insulation (2-4€), and protect your entire unit with a weatherproof cover (20-50€).

Additional considerations and costs

Maintenance upkeep

You can keep your HVAC unit running well in between maintenance visits by doing your own upkeep. Simple upkeep tasks include keeping the filters and coils clear of debris, keeping surrounding greenery trimmed, and checking the seals and ducts. Performing regular checks can alert you to problems before the annual maintenance visit.

Second opinions

If your AC unit is working fine, but a technician is suggesting expensive repairs, get a second opinion. We recommend getting the advice of more than one technician before committing to a costly repair.

Guarantees

Annual maintenance contracts usually provide more extensive guarantees and warranties than you’d get if you paid for a one-time maintenance service visit. Many companies have separate warranties for equipment and labor: parts are usually covered for 1 year, while the labor to replace parts/make repairs can often be covered for 5 to 10 years.

Licenses

Professional HVAC technicians should be licensed. Check whether your service provider has a legal HVAC technician license and EPA 608 certification. Excellence and NATE certifications aren’t required, but do verify a technician’s expertise.

Additional considerations and costs

Maintenance upkeep

You can keep your HVAC unit running well in between maintenance visits by doing your own upkeep. Simple upkeep tasks include keeping the filters and coils clear of debris, keeping surrounding greenery trimmed, and checking the seals and ducts. Performing regular checks can alert you to problems before the annual maintenance visit.

Second opinions

If your AC unit is working fine, but a technician is suggesting expensive repairs, get a second opinion. We recommend getting the advice of more than one technician before committing to a costly repair.

Guarantees

Annual maintenance contracts usually provide more extensive guarantees and warranties than you’d get if you paid for a one-time maintenance service visit. Many companies have separate warranties for equipment and labor: parts are usually covered for 1 year, while the labor to replace parts/make repairs can often be covered for 5 to 10 years.

Licenses

Professional HVAC technicians should be licensed. Check whether your service provider has a legal HVAC technician license and EPA 608 certification. Excellence and NATE certifications aren’t required, but do verify a technician’s expertise.

Servicing and maintenance

It is a common mistake to think that cooling/heating systems can be left for years without being serviced. Like anything mechanical (cars being the best example), you will get the best out of your system and save yourself a fortune by regular maintenance and servicing. In the short term, your installation will run more efficiently, saving you on monthly bills and in the long term, it will continue to run without repairs or replacements needed.

More

Servicing and maintenance

It is a common mistake to think that cooling/heating systems can be left for years without being serviced. Like anything mechanical (cars being the best example), you will get the best out of your system and save yourself a fortune by regular maintenance and servicing. In the short term, your installation will run more efficiently, saving you on monthly bills and in the long term, it will continue to run without repairs or replacements needed.

How much does it cost to hire an annual air conditioner maintenance service?

Maintaining your air conditioner (HVAC) unit will ensure that it’s ready to properly cool your home all throughout the summer. Keeping your unit in good condition is also important for your wallet: lack of maintenance shortens a unit’s lifespan by 10-15 years, meaning you’ll need to buy a new one sooner. Lack of maintenance also results in a 5% efficiency loss, which results in higher energy bills.

For this discussion, we will consider the costs of maintaining an air conditioning unit annually. A flat fee for a one-time maintenance visit costs 80 – 100€ and an annual maintenance contract will cost 180€

Timing

You should have your air conditioning maintenance done at least once a year, in the spring. Doing it in the spring will allow your technician to repair any damage the unit might have acquired during the winter, and make it ready just in time for the arrival of warmer temperatures. However, it’s best to do maintenance twice a year: in the spring and fall. Sticking to this bi-annual schedule will keep your unit running optimally.

Maintenance contracts

Many HVAC maintenance companies offer annual servicing contracts for preventative maintenance. Such contracts cost anywhere from 100€-150€ per year, and cover annual visits in which standard maintenance tasks are performed. Some companies will allow you to make monthly payments for your maintenance contract, and will provide you with discounts around 15% if you hire them when you need your unit repaired.

Getting a contract will usually give you more warranty coverage than if you just paid for a single maintenance visit: if anything is wrong with your unit between maintenance visits, your HVAC technician will come and address the issue.

Evaporator and condenser coils

Air conditioning units work by using evaporator and condenser coils to remove heat from the air in your home. Warm household air blows through the evaporator coils, which transfer the heat into refrigerant vapor, which is then moved to the condenser in the outdoor part of the unit. The condenser coils turn the now-warm refrigerant vapor into liquid, allowing the heat to be dispersed outside and away from your home.

Both evaporator and condenser coils are integral to the function of your air conditioner, and must be properly maintained in order for the unit to work.

Maintenance process

  • Replacement of air filters: dirty filters can lower your unit’s efficiency and cause damage. You can perform monthly checks and cleanings yourself. If your AC is in constant use, you’ll need to replace the filters once per month to keep the unit running properly. Filters typically cost 15€-60€. Some filters are reusable, and only need regular cleaning.
  • Clean evaporator and condenser coils: if the coils are caked with debris, they can’t remove the heat from your home’s air as well. Badly damaged coils may need to be replaced. Replacing evaporator coils can cost 250-430€. Replacement condenser coils can cost as much as 500-750€.
  • Remove surrounding debris: any fallen leaves or greenery that has grown too close to the unit should be cleared and trimmed.
  • Comb coil fins: combing coil fins restores their original form, removing blockage-causing bends and make it easier to release warm air.
  • Clean clogged drains: clogged drains can cause fluid in your unit to accumulate, leading to humidity and water damage in your home.
  • Lubricate moving parts: lubrication will reduce friction and the amount of electricity needed for your unit to normally function.
  • Tighten electrical connections: loose connections can be hazardous and cause your system to malfunction. They can also reduce your unit’s longevity.

Your HVAC technician should always check the following during maintenance service:

  • Thermostat settings: the thermostat should be set for the unit to come on when it’s too warm in your home, and be off when it reaches a comfortable temperature. If your thermostat isn’t accurately programmed, it can lead to discomfort and high energy consumption.
  • Refrigerant level: if your refrigerant level is low or there’s a leak, your unit can’t properly cool. Replacing refrigerant costs less than 100€, but is often included in your maintenance fee. If there’s a leak that needs repair, the cost can be 300-$1000.
  • Seal between air conditioner and window frame: a gap here can cause warm air to get into your home and cool air to escape.
  • Capacitors: if your capacitors aren’t working, your unit might not start properly.
  • Compressor: some HVAC problems may at first seem to be caused by a faulty compressor. Having your compressor checked can confirm whether or not it’s the cause of an issue.
  • Electrical connections: faulty connections can cause certain parts to not work, or your unit to not start at all.

Labor

HVAC technicians generally charge 50-70€ per hour. A single maintenance visit takes 1-2 hours (50-140€). Flat fees for maintenance service visits range around 70-100€

Enhancement and improvement costs

Winter preparation

In the fall you should prepare your HVAC unit for winter. Turn off your air conditioner’s circuit, then hose it off to remove debris. It must dry completely. Do this when it’s warm enough that there’s no risk of the water freezing. Cover the exposed pipes with foam pipe insulation (2-4€), and protect your entire unit with a weatherproof cover (20-50€).

Additional considerations and costs

Maintenance upkeep

You can keep your HVAC unit running well in between maintenance visits by doing your own upkeep. Simple upkeep tasks include keeping the filters and coils clear of debris, keeping surrounding greenery trimmed, and checking the seals and ducts. Performing regular checks can alert you to problems before the annual maintenance visit.

Second opinions

If your AC unit is working fine, but a technician is suggesting expensive repairs, get a second opinion. We recommend getting the advice of more than one technician before committing to a costly repair.

Guarantees

Annual maintenance contracts usually provide more extensive guarantees and warranties than you’d get if you paid for a one-time maintenance service visit. Many companies have separate warranties for equipment and labor: parts are usually covered for 1 year, while the labor to replace parts/make repairs can often be covered for 5 to 10 years.

Licenses

Professional HVAC technicians should be licensed. Check whether your service provider has a legal HVAC technician license and EPA 608 certification. Excellence and NATE certifications aren’t required, but do verify a technician’s expertise.

Additional considerations and costs

Maintenance upkeep

You can keep your HVAC unit running well in between maintenance visits by doing your own upkeep. Simple upkeep tasks include keeping the filters and coils clear of debris, keeping surrounding greenery trimmed, and checking the seals and ducts. Performing regular checks can alert you to problems before the annual maintenance visit.

Second opinions

If your AC unit is working fine, but a technician is suggesting expensive repairs, get a second opinion. We recommend getting the advice of more than one technician before committing to a costly repair.

Guarantees

Annual maintenance contracts usually provide more extensive guarantees and warranties than you’d get if you paid for a one-time maintenance service visit. Many companies have separate warranties for equipment and labor: parts are usually covered for 1 year, while the labor to replace parts/make repairs can often be covered for 5 to 10 years.

Licenses

Professional HVAC technicians should be licensed. Check whether your service provider has a legal HVAC technician license and EPA 608 certification. Excellence and NATE certifications aren’t required, but do verify a technician’s expertise.

Servicing and maintenance

It is a common mistake to think that cooling/heating systems can be left for years without being serviced. Like anything mechanical (cars being the best example), you will get the best out of your system and save yourself a fortune by regular maintenance and servicing. In the short term, your installation will run more efficiently, saving you on monthly bills and in the long term, it will continue to run without repairs or replacements needed.

More

Servicing and maintenance

It is a common mistake to think that cooling/heating systems can be left for years without being serviced. Like anything mechanical (cars being the best example), you will get the best out of your system and save yourself a fortune by regular maintenance and servicing. In the short term, your installation will run more efficiently, saving you on monthly bills and in the long term, it will continue to run without repairs or replacements needed.

How much does it cost to hire an annual air conditioner maintenance service?

Maintaining your air conditioner (HVAC) unit will ensure that it’s ready to properly cool your home all throughout the summer. Keeping your unit in good condition is also important for your wallet: lack of maintenance shortens a unit’s lifespan by 10-15 years, meaning you’ll need to buy a new one sooner. Lack of maintenance also results in a 5% efficiency loss, which results in higher energy bills.

For this discussion, we will consider the costs of maintaining an air conditioning unit annually. A flat fee for a one-time maintenance visit costs 80 – 100€ and an annual maintenance contract will cost 180€

Timing

You should have your air conditioning maintenance done at least once a year, in the spring. Doing it in the spring will allow your technician to repair any damage the unit might have acquired during the winter, and make it ready just in time for the arrival of warmer temperatures. However, it’s best to do maintenance twice a year: in the spring and fall. Sticking to this bi-annual schedule will keep your unit running optimally.

Maintenance contracts

Many HVAC maintenance companies offer annual servicing contracts for preventative maintenance. Such contracts cost anywhere from 100€-150€ per year, and cover annual visits in which standard maintenance tasks are performed. Some companies will allow you to make monthly payments for your maintenance contract, and will provide you with discounts around 15% if you hire them when you need your unit repaired.

Getting a contract will usually give you more warranty coverage than if you just paid for a single maintenance visit: if anything is wrong with your unit between maintenance visits, your HVAC technician will come and address the issue.

Evaporator and condenser coils

Air conditioning units work by using evaporator and condenser coils to remove heat from the air in your home. Warm household air blows through the evaporator coils, which transfer the heat into refrigerant vapor, which is then moved to the condenser in the outdoor part of the unit. The condenser coils turn the now-warm refrigerant vapor into liquid, allowing the heat to be dispersed outside and away from your home.

Both evaporator and condenser coils are integral to the function of your air conditioner, and must be properly maintained in order for the unit to work.

Maintenance process

  • Replacement of air filters: dirty filters can lower your unit’s efficiency and cause damage. You can perform monthly checks and cleanings yourself. If your AC is in constant use, you’ll need to replace the filters once per month to keep the unit running properly. Filters typically cost 15€-60€. Some filters are reusable, and only need regular cleaning.
  • Clean evaporator and condenser coils: if the coils are caked with debris, they can’t remove the heat from your home’s air as well. Badly damaged coils may need to be replaced. Replacing evaporator coils can cost 250-430€. Replacement condenser coils can cost as much as 500-750€.
  • Remove surrounding debris: any fallen leaves or greenery that has grown too close to the unit should be cleared and trimmed.
  • Comb coil fins: combing coil fins restores their original form, removing blockage-causing bends and make it easier to release warm air.
  • Clean clogged drains: clogged drains can cause fluid in your unit to accumulate, leading to humidity and water damage in your home.
  • Lubricate moving parts: lubrication will reduce friction and the amount of electricity needed for your unit to normally function.
  • Tighten electrical connections: loose connections can be hazardous and cause your system to malfunction. They can also reduce your unit’s longevity.

Your HVAC technician should always check the following during maintenance service:

  • Thermostat settings: the thermostat should be set for the unit to come on when it’s too warm in your home, and be off when it reaches a comfortable temperature. If your thermostat isn’t accurately programmed, it can lead to discomfort and high energy consumption.
  • Refrigerant level: if your refrigerant level is low or there’s a leak, your unit can’t properly cool. Replacing refrigerant costs less than 100€, but is often included in your maintenance fee. If there’s a leak that needs repair, the cost can be 300-$1000.
  • Seal between air conditioner and window frame: a gap here can cause warm air to get into your home and cool air to escape.
  • Capacitors: if your capacitors aren’t working, your unit might not start properly.
  • Compressor: some HVAC problems may at first seem to be caused by a faulty compressor. Having your compressor checked can confirm whether or not it’s the cause of an issue.
  • Electrical connections: faulty connections can cause certain parts to not work, or your unit to not start at all.

Labor

HVAC technicians generally charge 50-70€ per hour. A single maintenance visit takes 1-2 hours (50-140€). Flat fees for maintenance service visits range around 70-100€

Enhancement and improvement costs

Winter preparation

In the fall you should prepare your HVAC unit for winter. Turn off your air conditioner’s circuit, then hose it off to remove debris. It must dry completely. Do this when it’s warm enough that there’s no risk of the water freezing. Cover the exposed pipes with foam pipe insulation (2-4€), and protect your entire unit with a weatherproof cover (20-50€).

Additional considerations and costs

Maintenance upkeep

You can keep your HVAC unit running well in between maintenance visits by doing your own upkeep. Simple upkeep tasks include keeping the filters and coils clear of debris, keeping surrounding greenery trimmed, and checking the seals and ducts. Performing regular checks can alert you to problems before the annual maintenance visit.

Second opinions

If your AC unit is working fine, but a technician is suggesting expensive repairs, get a second opinion. We recommend getting the advice of more than one technician before committing to a costly repair.

Guarantees

Annual maintenance contracts usually provide more extensive guarantees and warranties than you’d get if you paid for a one-time maintenance service visit. Many companies have separate warranties for equipment and labor: parts are usually covered for 1 year, while the labor to replace parts/make repairs can often be covered for 5 to 10 years.

Licenses

Professional HVAC technicians should be licensed. Check whether your service provider has a legal HVAC technician license and EPA 608 certification. Excellence and NATE certifications aren’t required, but do verify a technician’s expertise.

Additional considerations and costs

Maintenance upkeep

You can keep your HVAC unit running well in between maintenance visits by doing your own upkeep. Simple upkeep tasks include keeping the filters and coils clear of debris, keeping surrounding greenery trimmed, and checking the seals and ducts. Performing regular checks can alert you to problems before the annual maintenance visit.

Second opinions

If your AC unit is working fine, but a technician is suggesting expensive repairs, get a second opinion. We recommend getting the advice of more than one technician before committing to a costly repair.

Guarantees

Annual maintenance contracts usually provide more extensive guarantees and warranties than you’d get if you paid for a one-time maintenance service visit. Many companies have separate warranties for equipment and labor: parts are usually covered for 1 year, while the labor to replace parts/make repairs can often be covered for 5 to 10 years.

Licenses

Professional HVAC technicians should be licensed. Check whether your service provider has a legal HVAC technician license and EPA 608 certification. Excellence and NATE certifications aren’t required, but do verify a technician’s expertise.

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